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Mae Hong Son, ThailandMae Hong Son, Thailand
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Mae Hong Son แม่ฮ่องสอน is a small town in northern Thailand. It serves as the provincial capital of Mae Hong Son Province. The town is situated in a valley surrounded by forested mountains and has remained relatively isolated until a road was built to link it from Chiang Mai in 1965.

Wat Phra That Chong Kham, Mae Hong SonWat Phra That Chong Kham, Mae Hong Son
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Mae Hong Son is quite near the border with Myanmar. Due to this proximity, you can see elements of Burmese architecture in the houses and temples. The people living in Mae Hong Son are also tribes people mainly from the Shan and Karen tribes.

Today Mae Hong Son has become a tourist centre attracting visitors from all over to its lovely climate. As it gets quite chilly at night, don't forget to bring along a sweater.

Pai River, Mae Hong SonPai River, Mae Hong Son
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Travel to Mae Hong Son

There are buses (7 hours) and minibuses (5.5 hours) to Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai from the Arcade bus terminal. If you can afford it, you can also take a flight from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son. Flights are available from Thai Airways and Nok Air.

If you are coming from Bangkok, I would recommend that you fly to Chiang Mai before continuing to Mae Hong Son, to break the journey. There are however buses going straight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son on grueling 17-hour journeys.

Travel within Mae Hong Son

The town is small enough for you to explore on foot. Alternatively you can rent a bicycle, stopping wherever it is convenient.

Places of Interest in Mae Hong Son

  1. Chong Kham Lake
    Lake in the middle of Mae Hong Son, originally used as a bathing pond for elephants.

  2. Mae Hong Son Market
    A place to see the local hill tribes go about their daily business.

  3. Mae Hong Son Night Market
    A place to buy souvenirs and trinkets, Thai handicrafts and tribal textiles.

  4. Singhanat Bamrung
    Street in Mae Hong Son with a few traditional Shan-style teak houses.

  5. Wat Chong Klam
    Shan-style Buddhist temple with a multi-roofed spire. Inside the temple is a 5-meter-tall seated Buddha.

  6. Wat Chong Klang
    The most distinctive landmark temple in Mae Hong Son, on account of its white and gold chedis, located near Chong Kham Lake.

  7. Wat Doi Kong Mu
    Temple on a hilltop on the west part of Mae Hong Son, with good views of the town.

  8. Wat Hua Wiang
    Burmese-style Buddhist temple built of teakwood housi8ng an important brass Buddha image, the Phrachao Para La Khaeng.

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